I trade with FP Markets, they offer no Bonus, but spreads and commission cost are lower when compared with other similar brokers.
I trade with brokers that do not offer bonuses because its just a marketing trick to lure in traders and scam them, which is why i trade with FP Markets.
A somewhat over cynical view. The reality is not that bad. Bonuses are a marketing tool for sure. A broker is a business after all and of course they use things like bonuses to lure people. It's no different to any other form of marketing.
The problem with bonuses are two fold :-
1. It is hardly ever possible to trade the volumes required to withdraw the bonus, especially for newbies.
2. Most traders don't read the terms and conditions and they end up claiming the broker is a scam because they did not understand that the bonus is not free money.
I think both the Australians & ESMA have prohibited bonus, so you will often find bonuses being offered by the offshore 'less regulated' brokers. Now whilst that is indeed the turf of several scam brokers, that does not mean the a broker that offers a bonus is a scam. There are some good brokers like FBS, Hotforex that offer bonuses. I personally never get involved with bonuses but their existence doesn't automatically spell scam.
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